J. Crew Dree Dress in Deck Stripe, Sz 0 (not on sale, buy here)
Summer and fall looks - also wearing my J. Crew-inspired necklace, see tutorial here
I loved the stripes and silk material, but didn't love the elasticized waist because it really emphasizes just how rectangular I am. I would also prefer a slightly lower hemline hitting the top of knees rather than being above it. I do think it's a beautiful dress and looks very nice for spring, summer, and fall. I especially love how it pairs with a leopard scarf for some light print mixing.
See on Gigi here.
Verdict: Return. I love the stripes, but the general fit and price aren't compelling enough to make me want to keep it.
J. Crew Factory Cotton Shift Dress, Sz 0, $33 (tried on Modern Red here)
I had been stalking this dress since February. The wide waistband helps carve out my waist and the lightly pleated skirt in combination with the semi-stiff fabric hides my belly. It fades a little into my background here but is a nice light khaki color. This is a great basic dress - flattering but not too body-conscious and work appropriate.
Verdict: Keep, great dress for a great price
I then popped over to the Gap family sites for the 30% promo and wound up buying some workout clothes and this dress:
Old Navy Color-Block Henley Tank Dress, M, $17.50 (purchased during 30% off, buy here)
When it comes to knits (especially ones that are cut flat), I always size up to camouflage the belly. I tried both a Small and Medium. I ultimately decided on M for the torso looseness. It doesn't look that great by itself - the tank straps make it too casual and beachy for my lifestyle - but I think it pairs very nicely with a blazer or cardigan. I'd been looking for a wide-striped dress to recreate this pin. I wish it didn't have the black button placket, but it's not that big of a deal.
Any good finds from the recent rash of markdowns?